6 crore people can stop consuming liquor in India if they get help: Report

New Delhi: About six crore people in the country can stop consuming liquor if they get professional help. However, due to lack of facilities, they continue to consume liquor. On an average only one person out of 181 gets alcohol de-addiction treatment.

This has been revealed in the survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with the help of AIIMS. The first survey of its kind included all states and union territories. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thavarchand Gehlot released the survey report on Monday. It included 4,73,569 people between 10 and 75 years belonging to 186 districts.

15 % people have admitted they consume liquor

On the basis of this sample, the result of the entire population of the country has been assessed. Survey team head Dr Atul said that about 15 % i.e. 16 crore people have admitted that they consume alcohol. Of these, 3 crore of them have become habitual drinkers. It was revealed in the survey that due to lack of facilities to get rid of drug addiction people are not able to stop consuming alcohol.

Chhattisgarh leads in alcohol consumption

The report also noted that the highest prevalence of liquor use comes from Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Goa, and Arunachal Pradesh. People of Chhattisgarh lead in alcohol consumption as over 35 % people in this state consume alcohol. Tripura is the second largest drinker followed by Punjab. Apart from alcohol, there are many substances that have gas, fumes or vapours that can be used to get intoxicated when inhaled. More children were found to be addicted to such substances than adults. Total 0.70 % people use such intoxicants.